On Wednesday, March 21, the U.S. Senate confirmed David J. Ryder as the 39th director of the United States Mint. The position had been officially vacant since Edmund C. Moy left it in January 2011.
Mr. Ryder takes command of the U.S. Mint for a second time. By recess appointment, he served under President George H. W. Bush in the Mint’s top position as the 34th director from Sept. 3, 1992, to Nov. 24, 1993.
"It’s hard to imagine a better qualified appointee. David has served at the Mint before, he knows Washington well, and he brings to the job more than 20 years of experience in the anti-counterfeiting business," said Philip N. Diehl, Chairman of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets. "We need his leadership at the U.S. Mint as we confront the growing threat coin counterfeiting poses to the nation."
Diehl served as the U.S. Mint’s 35th director, succeeding Ryder’s first term.
President Trump initially nominated Ryder for the job on Oct. 3. His nomination hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs followed on Oct. 24. However, the full Senate failed to vote on his nomination before the end of 2017. By Senate rules, the process had to start over. Trump re-nominated Ryder on Jan. 8.
U.S. Mint directors serve five-year terms.